For Adults

Apollo 11 Anniversary


The year was 1969 and everybody who was anybody was mindful of the Apollo 11 astronauts and their journey to the unknown: Earth's Moon. The United States, along with many other countries all across the world, waited on pins and needles for Neil Armstrong to take his first step onto Earth's Moon. The fuse had been lit all the way back in Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962. President Kennedy valiantly proclaimed, in part, "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." When Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder and planted his feet on the Moon, it was as if a collective sound of jubilant relief chimed across our Solar System.

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is quickly approaching. If you’re like me, you’re excited to see what The Indianapolis Public Library has planned in recognition of the historic moon landing. Here’s a list of print materials, documentaries, movies, as well as upcoming programs for adults. #IndyPLAdults #moonlanding #apollo11 IndyPL_MontoyaB

One Giant Leap

The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

Fishman, Charles

Read all about the numerous challenges that had to be solved in order to put a man on the Moon.

The Story of Apollo 11 and the Men on the Moon 50 Years Later

Turner, Myra Faye

Travel back in time and discover the history of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

Chasing the Moon

The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age

Stone, Robert

Compelling book written about the space race and how it shaped history and the future.

Remember Apollo 11 at the Library:

Movie Showing: First Man
July 6th, Lawrence Branch
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, adults are invited for a showing of the film, "First Man" (PG-13). Popcorn will be served.

The Eagle Has Landed: The Extraordinary Flight of Apollo 11
July 8th, Southport Branch
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, staff from the Link Observatory Space Science Institute will tell the story of Apollo 11.

Apollo 11 Documentary Showing
July 16th, Lawrence Branch
In recognition of the 50th anniversary Apollo 11's historic moon landing, adults are invited for a showing of the documentary, "Apollo 11," directed by Todd Douglas Miller. This program is part of the Lawrence Branch's 2019 Travel, History, and Popular Culture Series.

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Photo Gallery:

This photo gallery includes highlights from the official NASA Apollo 11 Image Gallery as well as some fascinating Space Artifacts & Toys from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Click on a photo to read its caption.